The Board has gone by several different names over the years. It was originally established by the state legislature in 1974 as the State Ethics Commission. It was charged with the administration of the Ethics in Government Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 10A.
In 1975 (Chap. 271, Sec. 6) the Ethics Commission was changed to the Ethical Practices Board.
Later it's name changed from the Ethical Practices Board, effective 1 July 1997, to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The Board's four major programs are campaign finance registration and disclosure, public subsidy administration, lobbyist registration and disclosure, and economic interest disclosure by public officials.